Must Visit Cafes If You Have Only One Day in Hanoi

Here’s the second series of “If you have only ONE DAY in Hanoi” following the must visit restaurants. This time is the list of the best and must visit cafes in Hanoi. From a local down-to-earth cafe to a unique view cafe, this list is for you to choose from to make the best out of your one day in Hanoi.

Cafe Ta Hien - on Hanoi Beer Street

Cafe Ta Hien Bar
One of the most local and popular cafes in Hanoi's Beer Street

One of the cheapest, if not the cheapest coffee you can find in Hanoi Old Quarter is at Cafe Ta Hien. Located on the Beer Street of Hanoi, this cafe is super local and down to earth. It is one of my favourite and regular go-to cafes in town because I love the simple and rustic vibe here. This cafe is almost always full of locals and probably 99% locals only. And that’s one of the reasons why I love this place so much. I think it’s a great spot to sit amongst locals and just take in the local cafe life. 

You sit along the street on tiny plastic chairs and it’s just perfect to people-watch. The strong Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk with some sunflower seeds will make you feel like you are a Vietnamese.  

Address: 39 Tạ Hiện, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00

Cong Ca Phe - too famous to miss out!

Cong Cafe -
Most famous coffee shop chain in Vietnam with a very unique concept and vibe (source:

Cong Cafe is undoubtedly the most famous coffee shop brand in Vietnam. Starbucks isn’t really a thing here in Vietnam, but Cong is! Their unique concept and interior design are definitely something that keep attracting people to come back and new ones to check out. 

Their signature menu is the infamous coconut coffee, which is like coconut milkshake with coffee. I personally love coconut coffee at Cong cafe more than anywhere else and it’s surely a must try. There are many Cong cafe locations in Hanoi, but the two I recommend for the view are in Cau Go street with view over Hoan Kiem lake and Nha Tho street next to St. Joseph’s Cathedral. 


116 Cầu Gỗ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam (view over Hoan Kiem lake)

27 Nhà Thờ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam (view over St. Joseph’s Cathedral) 

Opening Hours: May differ but usually 07:00 – 23:30

Serein Cafe & Lounge - Unique view in Hanoi

Serein Cafe & Lounge View 1
Absolutely unique viewpoint!

Serein Cafe & Lounge is one place where you can get one of the most unique and picturesque views in Hanoi. Right nearby the Long Bien train station, you get a view over the Hanoi’s well-known iron bridge. I was really impressed with the view and what’s even better is that they actually do some good cocktails! So I don’t only recommend this cafe for the awesome view, but also for your evening cocktails while enjoying the view. 

Address: 16 Trần Nhật Duật, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00

Giang Cafe - Egg Coffee

Hanoi Giang Cafe Egg Coffee

Perhaps your search for Hanoi trip keeps telling you of this super strange, unique and exotic drink called egg coffee. Because it’s so exotic, it’s a must try for the experience. With the vast popularity of this drink in Hanoi, there are many places to try it. But I’d recommend you go to the original birthplace of this egg coffee. Giang Cafe is in the Old Quarter and is where this drink was invented. 

As strange as egg coffee may sound, there’s something even stranger called egg beer. It blew my mind when I first heard it! And Giang Cafe has egg beer too, so perhaps you can try both and see for yourself if you like it. 

Address: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00

These are the four different cafes I’d recommend you if you have a very short time to spend in Hanoi. I chose these four because they all offer very different kinds of experiences and all have some great drinks to enjoy. I really hope you’ll have a wonderful time here in Hanoi and if you can, try to spare more than a day in this beautiful city because there’s so much for you to see, eat, and do here!

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